The man with the most titles at the Australian Open has already scored first. And he did it without disheveled. Novak Djokovic, No. 1 in the world, crushed Jeremy Chardy on the opening day of the first Grand Slam of 2021, where he has already accumulated 15 successes in a row.
The Serbian had faced Chardy 13 times (66th) and beat him 13 times. This Monday, on the first day on the hard courts of Melbourne Park, the owner of eight titles at the Australian Open, a historical record, again beat the Frenchman in this tournament, as he had happened in the second round in 2009.
This time, Djokovic returned to celebrate on the fast track, without giving up a set, but with a larger score. Solid and fast, he handcuffed his rival all the time and beat him 6-3, 6-1 and 6-2. Thus, the Serbian stacked 15 wins in a row in this contest, since he was champion in 2019 and 2020.
Djokovic completed 15 years without losing in the first round of a Grand Slam, since his fall precisely in Melbourne in 2006. Now he has reached 76 victories in his career in this traditional Major, where he moves very comfortably and is again the main favorite for the title .
Owner of 17 Grand Slam in his career, the Serbian’s intention is to get closer to the top winners, since Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal share the top mark, with 20 titles. The Swiss does not play this year as he is recovering from an injury and will return to the circuit next month, in Doha, while the Spanish, No. 2 in the ATP ranking, arrives in Melbourne with physical problems.
The Serb’s rival on the second wheel will be the tough American Frances Tiafoe (64th), whom he never faced yet on the tour.
Meanwhile, other Top 10s advanced in a different way: Austrian Dominic Thiem (3rd), finalist of this tournament in 2020, made his debut without problems, while German Alexander Zverev (7th) suffered a lot and just resolved his duel in the fourth set.